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Anagnoson & Kinton, Piano Duo


Friday, October 12, 2018 at 7:30pm

Anagnoson & Kinton are recognized today as one of the world's finest piano duos. With over 1000 performances throughout the duo’s 40-year history, their astonishing performances have been repeatedly met with great critical acclaim across North America, Europe, China, and Russia. In addition to traditional recitals, the duo has commissioned numerous compositions, expanding the boundaries of piano-duo idiom. Respected scholars and performers, Anagnoson & Kinton’s musicianship defines the art of true ensemble playing.

The duo first met as students at the Aspen Music Festival and a few years later decided to include a two piano recital in their season schedules. What was instantly apparent was an extraordinary musical chemistry, one so unusual that in the ensuing months, the likes of Gina Bachauer and Eugene List heard them and, each recognizing that this pair had something quite exceptional, encouraged them to dedicate themselves to a career as a piano duo team. Anagnoson & Kinton took their advice and since then, their astonishing career has been one of enjoyment and reward.

Through commissioning numerous compositions and collaboration with other artistic genres, Anagnoson & Kinton has expanded the boundaries of piano-duo presentation. They have performed Stravinsky's Rite of Spring to the innovative choreography of John Alleyne alongside Ballet BC and premiered Into the Labyrinth - a multi-genre work by Ray Luedeke, featuring staging by Tom Diamond and narration by actor Colin Fox. As chamber musicians, Anagnoson & Kinton have performed Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion numerous times, and have collaborated with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Elora Festival Singers, Elmer Iseler Singers, and the Vancouver Cantata Singers. They are regular guest artists at the Festival of the Sound and the Elora Festival.

The duo has ten acclaimed recordings including a special release titled Stages, which celebrated their milestone 30th season. Most recently, the Opening Day label released Piano Titans featuring works by Clementi, Beethoven and Schubert.

James Anagnoson is Dean of The Glenn Gould School, where he is also on the piano faculty. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and received his Master’s Degree from The Juilliard School. Leslie Kinton is Professor of Piano at Western University and is also on faculty at The Glenn Gould School. Both his Master of Music and Ph.D. in music theory are from the University of Toronto.

Anagnoson & Kinton are Yamaha Artists.

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Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
I. Allegro non troppo from Sonata for Two Pianos in F Minor, Op.34b

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Prélude ŕ l’aprčs-midi d’un faune

Pierre Gallant (b. 1951)
Variations on Land of the Silver Birch

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
II. Larghetto from Concerto for Two Pianos in D Minor, FP 61

Johann Strauss Jr. (1825-1899)
An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314 "The Blue Danube" arr. Abram Chasins

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Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
Selections from the Slavonic Dances, Op. 46 & Op. 72

George Gershwin (1898-1937)
Rhapsody in Blue

Anagnoson & Kinton are represented by Andrew Kwan Artists Management Inc.

Recordings will be available for purchase in the lobby during intermission and after the performance.